PIL: First 14,000 Teu LNG Dual-fuel Containership Begins

The construction of Pacific International Lines (PIL) 14,000 teu LNG dual-fuel container ship begun at Jiangnan Shipyard on Tuesday morning, with the steel cutting ceremony. 

This order of four 14,000 teu LNG dual-fuel container ships from Jiangnan Shipyard was announced by PIL in March 2022. All four ships will also be equipped with ammonia intermediate ready fuel tank, and they will be progressively delivered from the second half of 2024 through to first half of 2025.

When delivered, the vessels will become the largest container vessels in PIL’s fleet and the first vessels in the fleet to run on LNG.

This is in addition to the four 8,000 teu LNG dual-fuel container ships which PIL has ordered from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in July 2022, and will be delivered progressively in 2025.

PIL´s CEO Lars Kastrup attended the ceremony to commemorate this significant milestone alongside representatives from American Bureau of Shipping and Jiangnan Shipyard.

Both Lars Kastrup and Deputy General Manager of Jiangnan Shipyard, Hu Hongyu, initiated the steel-cutting ceremony, which was followed by a signing ceremony between PIL, Jiangnan Shipyard, and ABS to officially kick off the construction work.

Lars Kastrup said: “This ship will be our first LNG dual-fueled container ship, and it represents our commitment to sustainability and our vision for a greener and cleaner future. This ship, along with her three sister ships, forms part of our strategy to decarbonize our fleet and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”